Buying Justice

Corporate Social Responsibility Discussed
Panel at Columbia Law School
Monday, April 7, 2008
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Erin St. John Kelly [email protected]
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April 2, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Corporations face sharply increasing demands to manage their businesses so that their economic, social and environmental impact improves the quality of life for their employees, their local communities and society at large. Columbia Law School professors Mark Barenberg and Ellen Chapnick and experts from the nonprofit and the corporate sectors will evaluate corporate social responsibility at a panel at Columbia Law School on April 7, 2008.
While some critics argue that corporate social responsibility distracts from the fundamental economic role of businesses and their accountability to shareholders, others say that public-private partnerships wrongly pre-empt the governments’ watchdog role. Still others assert that corporate social responsibility’s effect on powerful multinational corporations is only window-dressing.
WHAT: Corporate Social Responsibility panel featuring Professor Mark Barenberg, and moderated by Ellen P. Chapnick, Columbia Law School Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. Other panelists are Christine Bader, an advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights; Daniel Feldman, Partner at Foley Hoag and Amy O'Meara, Business & Human Rights campaigner, Amnesty International, USA.
WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2008
WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103.
Presented by Social Justice Initiatives and co-sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Law.
Media interested in attending the event should contact Erin Kelly in advance at 212-854-1787 or [email protected].
Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.